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Is schizoaffective disorder schizophrenia?

Is schizoaffective disorder schizophrenia?

No: By definition, there is a difference. Schizophrenia is characterized by psychosis which is when a person experiences hallucinations and/or delusions. A mood component is not part of such a clinical picture. Schizoaffective d/o is when a person has a major mood disorder and has also had periods of psychosis during times when they had no disturbance of their mood. There's bipolar & depressed types. ...Read more

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Somatoform Disorder (Definition)

Somatoform disorders are a group of conditions wherein individuals unconsciously manifest psychological &/or physical symptoms typically in the setting of an underlying conflict (usually outside their conscious awareness). These conditions include, but are not limited to, conversion disorders, somatization disorder, pain disorder, etc. It is important to avoid iatrogenic ...Read more


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Dissociation disorder vs schizophrenia?

Dissociation disorder vs schizophrenia?

Very different!: Schizophrenia is a chronic psychotic illness. Dissociative disorders is a very different type of escape from reality that rarely involves psychosis. Treatment is also very different. ...Read more

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What distinguishes schizotypal personality disorder from schizoid personality disorder?

What distinguishes schizotypal personality disorder from schizoid personality disorder?

Different presentati: schizoid persons withdraw from others and isolate. Schizotypal persons act unusual. ...Read more

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Whats histrionic personality disorder?

Emotional, dramatic: Histrionic personality disorder is a condition in which people act in overly emotional and dramatic ways that draws attention to themselves. Individuals with histrionic personality disorder are easily influenced by others, overly sensitive to criticism/disapproval, charming, energetic, easily frustrated, manipulative, seductive, erratic, and demanding. Talk therapy is the best treatment. ...Read more

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Are mental disorders like depression, bipolar, social anexity disorder inherited?

Are mental disorders like depression, bipolar, social anexity disorder inherited?

Yes: Many people have one or more parents with mental health disorders. Off spring may grow up with no mental health problems or they may develop the same or different disorders than their parents. ...Read more

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Can I have obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder and generalized anxiety disorder?

Can I have obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder and generalized anxiety disorder?

Theoretically yes,: but unlikely. The symptom most likely, most common to these four is anxiety, so start there. Go to a clinician and answer a lot of questions about your history and symptoms. This will fine-tune your understanding of what's going on. Treatment follows from that... ...Read more

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Is borderline personality disorder inherited?

Possible: Two studies by distel et al. In 2008 found a strong genetic contribution to borderline personality dx. However, it is early in this research to be confident about such conclusions. Nonetheless, it would not surprise me if more research supported these findings, given the known genetic contribution to other disorders such as schizophrenia, anxiety (gad, ptsd), bipolar dx, and adhd. ...Read more

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Is schizoaffective disorder a psychosis?

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Is schizoaffective disorder a psychosis?

Schizoaffective: It belongs to the schizophrenia spectrum disorders & other psychotic disorders, according to our upcoming diagnostic manual for mental illnesses. ...Read more

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How are bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder different?

How are bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder different?

Bipolar vs Borderlin: Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder consisting of both depressive episodes and manic or hypomanic ones. People with bipolar disorder often have normal personalities between episodes of illness. Borderline pd is a pervasive and continuous (not episodic) personality pattern with volatile relationships, extreme anger, fear of abandonment, self-injury, identity diffusion, impulsiveness, etc. ...Read more

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Can haldol (haloperidol) cure histrionic personality disorder?

Can haldol (haloperidol) cure histrionic personality disorder?

Personality disorder: That would be best to ask a doctor or psychiatrist who is prescribing haldol--a discussion of what the Haldol (haloperidol) is being used to treat would be very educational, if one doesn't know already. Personality disorders can be treated with medication if indicated by a doctor. However, personality disorders are long-standing, and aren't cured with medications. ...Read more

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Please describe borderline personality disorder.

Please describe borderline personality disorder.

Borderline PD: Borderline pd is very, very insecure about self -- and is frantically trying to hold on to the other person. Very fearful of abandonment ; being alone. Also very impulsive, with frequent intense ; inappropriate anger when disappointed. Prone to both overvaluing and repudiating others quickly. Has repeated crises, and acts of self-injury like arm ; wrist-cutting. Feeling empty ; bored, often. ...Read more

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What is 'schizoid personality disorder'?

Social indifference: Schizoid personality disorder is a psychiatric condition in which a person has a lifelong pattern of indifference to others and social isolation. ...Read more

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Can major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder be cured?

Can major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder be cured?

All at once or: All at once, or one at a time? Those are 3 major disorders and there are many types of each of them. So the answer is yes, and no. It depends on which disorder and how much of a physiological component there is in each illness. You can not cure diabetes, but you can learn to control it. That is true of many psychological disorders as well. ...Read more

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What is antisocial personality disorder?

There are several : Personality disorders (narcissistic, borderline, obsessive compulsive, sociopathic) with different sets of symptoms. The common denominator is that people with personality disorders are comfortable with their symptoms and do not think there is anything wrong with them. Therefore it is very hard to treat them. They have little desire to change, DBT can help if they are willing to try. ...Read more

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How is antisocial personality disorder self-diagnosed?

It's not.: It takes a thorough evaluation to make any accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Could I have borderline personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder?

Personality disorder: There is that possibility. Best thing to do is have a consultation visit with a psychiatrist for more education and treatment options, if you wish to follow through with this. ...Read more

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Can someone with borderline personality disorder also have antisocial personality disorder?

Yes: These two personality disorders actually have some similarities and fall under the same group called cluster b personality disorders. ...Read more

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Is paranoid personality disorder a true mental illness?

Is paranoid personality disorder a true mental illness?

Yes, it is: Yes, paranoid personality disorder is a real mental illness. In it, there's a fixed, pervasive, and relatively inflexible pattern of distrust and suspiciousness such that others' motives are interpreted as malevolent. It generally begins in teen years or early adulthood, and differs markedly from one's culture. It causes distress in important areas of functioning, like relationships or work. ...Read more

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How come some people confuse borderline personality disorder with antisocial personality disorder?

How come some people confuse borderline personality disorder with antisocial personality disorder?

Different things: They are different things, but it is possible to have both. Both personality disorders may be characterized by recklessness, impulsivity, and manipulativeness. The causes are different, but some behaviors may superficially look the same. Borderline personality can be treated. True psychopathic or sociopathic personality is unlikely to respond to treatment. ...Read more

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What would experts say about accepted psychotic personality disorder triad?

What would experts say about accepted psychotic personality disorder triad?

???: There is no "psychotic personality disorder, " -- thus i don't know of any triad associated with it. Is it possible you mean something else? Another type of personality disorder, perhaps? ...Read more

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Are anti psychotics an effective treatment for borderline personality disorder?

General not: Generally anti-psychotics are not effective, especially by themselves for bpd. There are effective psychotherapies. ...Read more

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Are mental illnesses narcissistic personality disorder and psychotic depression related to one another?

It can happen: The 2 conditions are not directly related. But narcissistic personality-disordered people can become very depressed -- sometimes even psychotically so. This may happen due to perceived failures in empathy, to which they are exquisitely sensitive. Rather than being a little hurt and getting over it like less impaired people might, an npd person may lose his/her entire feeling of self-hood. ...Read more

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Can you have borderline personality disorder if you have a few traits with psychosis?

Can you have borderline personality disorder if you have a few traits with psychosis?

Yes: Borderline personality disorder can include transient psychotic episodes, typically when the person is in great distress, there are several forms of psychotherapy that have proven effectiveness for borderline personality disorder-- look into it if you have not already done so, depending on you specific symptoms, there may be a role for medication as well. ...Read more

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Can psychosis start out like paranoid personality disorder?

Can psychosis start out like paranoid personality disorder?

Maybe: They are different things. Psychosis refers to failures in reality testing (like delusions or hallucinations). It is possible that someone with a paranoid psychosis might be misdiagnosed with paranoid personality in the early stages of the illness, before psychotic symptoms become evident. ...Read more

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How can therapists differentiate between schizoid personality disorder and the negative symptoms of psychosis?

GOOD question.: Schizoid PSTY sufferers generally don't like being with other, are "drifter" types and like to wander around, usually solo. They have odd behaviors sometimes, usually around social events. Psychotics aren't necessarily withdrawn socially, and their oddities are usually somewhat different--related more to delusions or hallucinations, which are not typical of Schizoids. Neg. Sx's are lethargy, ...Read more

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What is the difference between schizotypal personality disorder with psychosis and schizophrenia or delusional disorder?

What is the difference between schizotypal personality disorder with psychosis and schizophrenia or delusional disorder?

Rare disorders, huh?: A quick partial reply: there are more than one form of sz, but experts could differ between spdw/(p) & sz in how they'd view a w/drawn & odd case. Also, the 1st can develop into sz over time and the boundaries could be fuzzy. Dd is different. It is limited to non-bizarre but untrue fixed ideas or beliefs. Otherwise no problematic symptoms are evident. It is particularly rare for that reason. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if schizophrenia and psychosis aren't multiple personality disorders, what is?

Could you tell me if schizophrenia and psychosis aren't multiple personality disorders, what is?

Different things: The root of the word schizophrenia refers to a split or break with *reality* (thus, symptoms of schizophrenia may include hallucinations, delusions, etc). The person's capacity to accurately perceive reality is impaired. Multiple personality (technically, "dissociative identity disorder") refers to a split between different aspects of personality, not with reality. ...Read more

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What is a personality disorder.?

What is a personality disorder.?

Longstanding traits: Personality disorders are characterized by longstanding behaviors that lead to impairments because of a person's interactional style and temperament. There are several "clusters": a) isolative, distrustful interactions with others; b) intense and/or destructive relationships, and c) unusual styles of interactions. The key is that these are chronic styles, not episodes such as depression. ...Read more

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Help! exactly what is personality disorder?

Cellular structures: X-ray is ionizing radiation. That is, it is capable of delivering sufficient energy to the body tissues to form free radical ions that can damage cellular dna. Some of the damaged areas can be repaired by normal repair mechanisms. Some are not. Some of the damage may cause premature cell death and the cells are replaced. Rarely the damage can induce a tumor years or decades later. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a personality disorder?

Depends on type : Symptoms of personality disorders depend on the type of personality disorder. According to dsm-iv-tr, these are the general symptoms: *an enduring pattern of behavior that deviates markedly from the norm. * ways of perceiving and interpreting self, other people and events.* inappropriate emotional response.* interpersonal functioning* impulse control.* inflexible and pervasive pattern. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a personality disorder?

How to tell if I have a personality disorder?

Think -Are, not have: A personality is what you're like, not something you have or get. It's not a disease, but a way of being that doesn't work very well. Borderline people flip between extreme attitudes of positive and negative on many, if not most things. It's hard for them to maintain anything for that reason. When they are pro, they love whatever it is, but it can and does change to con on a dime - and back again. ...Read more

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Borderloine personality disorder, what to do?

Borderloine personality disorder, what to do?

Therapy is key: Long-term psychotherapy is key to treatment of personality disorder though meds may have a role to play for certain symptoms. Mindfulness training can help. The kind of therapy shown to be most effective in studies is a kind of group therapy called dialectical behavior therapy. To get better, commit to longer term therapy starting with dbt. Hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a personality disorder?

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Personality disorder: Persistent pattern of abnormality in mood, behavior and cognitive/perceptive functions, sufficient to cause distress or interfere with daily functions, not attributed to other psychiatric or physiological illnesses or effect of illicit substances. Symptoms are further classified depending on type of personality disorder. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have a personality disorder?

Need more info: Personality disorder: enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition and inner experience, exhibited across many contexts and deviating markedly from those accepted by the individual's culture. These patterns develop early, are inflexible and are associated with significant distress or disability. Often multiple sources including heredity, childhood experience, etc. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have a personality disorder?

Very difficult: It can be hard to realize that you have a personality disorder, because your way of thinking and acting seems natural to you -- and you may blame others for the problems you face. Often, people with personality disorders come to treatment because of relationship problems, such as a spouse saying "get help or else!" so if concerned, it's best to see a psychiatrist or psychologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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How likely is it that I have a personality disorder?

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Personality disorder: What symptoms do u have, what issues are u dealing with, & have u been evaluated by a mental health professional?. ...Read more

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What are some signs of having a personality disorder?

Recurrent patterns: To be a disorder, a personality style must cause impairment in day-to-day life. There are such a wide range that the type of impairment may be anything from never getting along with others to being a "neat-freak" who can't tolerate any level of disorder. The key is longstanding, repetitive problems over time because of the person's behaviors and interactional styles. ...Read more

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What exactly is the symptoms of a personality disorder?

Personality disorder: A personality disorder is an enduring, pervasive, and inflexible pattern of inner experience and outer behavior that differs markedly from one's culture, begins in adolescence or early adulthood, and causes distress in important areas of life (relationships, work, etc). There are 10 different types, and some symptoms may overlap. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/personality-disorders/ds00562. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
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Factitious Disorder (Definition)

Factitious disorder is a condition wherein individuals intentionally produces psychological and/or physical signs and symptoms to assume a "sick role" (eg "primary" gain). This in contrast to both 1. Malingering wherein individuals intentionally produces symptoms to receive secondary gain & 2. Somatoform disorders wherein symptoms are unconsciously manifested. In practice, ...Read more


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Psychotic (Definition)

Psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia) are major mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking. Psychotic people lose touch with reality and have symptoms of delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs, such as thinking that a TV is sending you personal messages. Hallucinations are false perceptions, such as hearing, seeing, or feeling something that ...Read more